Saturday, January 31, 2009

Is Google online storage an option we'll see soon?




As the world continues its foray into everything digital, backups must become a more and more focused part of our endeavors. I currently have about 4 terabytes of storage and a lot of it is there simply to make sure I have adequate backups.

One of the things that Apple has come up with semi-recently is Mobile Me. It's a backup service that places all of your data (of your choosing) on the web where it can be accessed via a web browser, iPhone, etc. It also helps keep contact and calendars in sync. It's a nice last line of defense in backing up.

Now I'm hearing rumors that Google will enter the online backup segment. It seems that recently the Mac version of Google's Picasa photo service has a menu option under "Move to Collection" called "Google Web Drive".

With Google's already massive amount of web services including G-mail, Picasa, iGoogle, and others it would make sense that online storage would follow in making people's web experience even more Google centric.

The image below is a screen capture from Google Pack where you can see within the code that the product may be called GDrive and has a fairly complete description. (Image courtesy of SlashGear)

gdrive info.jpg


While Mobile Me is nice and Microsoft has a 5 GB online backup service called Live Mesh in beta, I've got to think that a Google product would be more successful given Google's presence and name recognition.

As with all rumors, only time will tell. However, G-mail users already have 7.2 GB of storage for e-mail. How hard could it be to offer a massive amount of storage for each person with a Google account. Google is a company that makes their web aps easy to use. Here's hoping that they make it work.

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